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Works that Work was an international magazine publishing original, in-depth essays and stories about the impact of creative ideas in everyday life. Editor Peter Bilak tag-line it as a magazine of unexpected creativity, and saw it as a vehicle for challenging the widely held view that design is only about making objects stylish and more expensive. Thus, magazines publish human interest stories about designs relevance to the wider public and how good design leads to permanent betterment of life for all involve, showcasing examples from such far-flung locales as towns north of the Arctic Circle, villages in India and cities in Africa, as well as metropolises all over globe. Magazine also set out to rethink publishing models, treating its readers not as target group to be sell to advertisers, but as partners who make project possible and who deserve radical transparency regarding its finances and operations. Advertising was limited to an average of just 3 % per issue, and subscriptions and direct sales provided the bulk of its operating budget. Readers were also the focus of magazines Social Distribution, system in which they distribute magazines to their friends and neighbors and were paid for their efforts. Method, which accounts for about 30 % of sales, was studied by other magazines and reported on in major international publications. Works that Work received awards and enthusiastic press coverage during its run, but more importantly, it broadens discussion about design, making it relevant to designers and non-designers alike, surprising its readers with things they didnt know, and often didnt know that they didnt know. Design by Atelier Carvalho Bernau, from start to very end. Magazine completed its mission with final issue 10.

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Early life

Bilak was born in Czechoslovakia. He started art at the Art Academy in Bratislava, then studied briefly in the United Kingdom and the United States. Later, he came to Atelier National de Creation Typographique in Paris, where he obtained his Master's degree, and Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands for his postgraduate laureate. His biggest influences were places he has live. In school, he found out that many things he was taught in school turned out to be mainly false, and that it was easy to manipulate information. Those places make him question what he already know. Travelling during that time makes him more independent and allows him to see things from multiple perspectives. As a student in Czechoslovakia, Bilak was often frustrated by the fact that his language was not supported by most typefaces. He later went on to develop typefaces for Russian and Greek, however significant achievement came with Arabic, which was a language he had no knowledge about. This began his type-designing career. During his studies, he had encountered people, whom he referred to as 'inspiring teachers' such as Irma Boom, Karel Martens, Armand Mevis, and Michael Rock.

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Career

Bilak started his career with international Design agency, Studio Dumbar in Hague, where he Work between 1999 and 2001. After leaving Studio Dumbar, he started working independently. In 1999, Bilak established Type Foundry Typotheque with the idea of digging out all projects from drawers and publishing them. Originally starting with a single typeface, Typotheque has then published articles, book reviews and interviews with other designers, and quickly becoming reference in the world of design and typography. In October 2009, Typotheque was the first Type Foundry to license its entire Font collection for as webfonts. Typotheque's webfont service uses the Font-face rule in CSS, and serves appropriate Font file to different browsers, from their network of distributed servers. Because of his interest in languages, he Work in 2007 with Indian Designer Satya Rajpurohit on the Hindi version of Fedra Sans, and in 2009 started Indian Type Foundry. Similar to Typotheque, ITF started out with a single typeface, but has larger plans to develop typefaces for all Indian writing scripts, such as Devanagari, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, etc. It also has plans to organise lectures and workshops in India, and to publish typefaces made by local designers. Prajavani, major South Indian newspaper, has engaged a firm to create a custom typeface, something virtually unheard of in Indian publishing. Since then, ITF has created Fonts for multinationals such as Google, Apple, Sony, Samsung, Amazon, amongst others. For his contribution to non-Latin typography, he was named in 2012 as one of 12 Game Changers by Metropolis. In 2014, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovak Republic awarded the Bilak Goodwill Envoy award for successful spreading of the country of Slovakia. Together With Kristyan Sarkis, Lebanese Designer based in the Netherlands, Bilak has co-found TPTQ Arabic, sister company that develops original Arabic typefaces and systems for bilingual typography. In 2015, Peter Bilak, together with Andrej Kratky co-found Fontstand, desktop app that allows trying Fonts for free or renting them per month, also referred to as iTunes for Fonts. Fontstand has been included in New Europe 100, list of Central and Eastern European innovations that recognises those who have expertise in emerging technologies, unique skills and social outreach which have had global impact. New Europe 100 is organised by Res Publica together with Google, Visegrad Fund, and in cooperation with Financial Times. In 2019, he was awarded the Gold Prize in the European Design Awards for his Font ping, truly international typeface, supporting not only hundreds of Latin-base languages, but also Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Korean, Hebrew and Japanese, unprecedented goal for a small independent Type Foundry.

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Magazines

Between 2000 and 2007, Bilak was co-founder, co-editor, and designer of Dot Dot Dot, art and design journal. Dot Dot Dot is a biannual, self-publish, after-hours magazine, originally centred around graphic design, later broadening in scope to interdisciplinary Journalism on subjects that affect the way people look at the world, think about and make design. It was not to be a magazine showing visual outcomes of the design process, but presenting recurring themes of daily work. It was designed to change our way of thinking from 'what design magazine should show' to 'what we are interested in as designers'. After three issues, tagline 'graphic design / visual communication magazine', was scrap, since Bilak thought there was no reason why some things like film, music, literature should not be in the magazine. The only connection it has with graphic design is that the co-founders study design. The last issue of Dot Dot Dot magazine was published in summer 2010. In 2013, after raising €30 000 in a crowdfunding campaign, Bilak found Works that Work, magazine of unexpected creativity, published twice a year by Typotheque, in print and digital edition. Work that Work is an international design magazine that look studies impact of design around the world, comparable as National Geographic of design. British National daily newspaper Guardian name Work that Work as'some of best-looking new magazines', and Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University reports how this small magazine has found way to get notice globally by creating beautiful digital editions as well as creative way to distribute its print copiesgaining, lot of ever-covet user engagement in process. '. Works that Work distribute 43 % of its print run via their Social Distribution, reader-base system of Distribution of physical copies of magazine bypassing traditional Distribution channels.

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Other projects

In 2003, he designed a series of standard post stamps for Dutch Royal mail, today one of the icons of Post. The design of these standard postage stamps was inspired by Dutch landscape, starting point being the view of geometric fields from air, first view of the country offered to any visitor landing at Amsterdam airport. Besides inspiration coming from landscape, stamps offer another reading. Design is purely typographical, as the width of each letter determines the width of the surrounding block. This depicts how old-style metal printing works, setting metal punches next to each other. In this respect, stamp can be seen as modest homage to traditions of Dutch typography. Stamps have been reprinted three times, totalling over 143 000 000 copies. The 2010 edition was slightly modify. From 2004, he has been collaborating with choreographer Lukas Timulak on concepts of dance performances. Together they were the subject of the exhibition 'InLoop / EnTry' in Stroom, Centre for Art and Architecture. Bilak defines the concept of dance pieces, getting involved very early on in the process. While it is clear what Timulak does as choreographer, Bilak's role has been defined in theatre credits, sometimes as designer, stage designer, sometimes as dramaturge, sometimes described simply by the noun 'concept'.

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Exhibitions

Kunstmuseum Den Haags New visual identity includes a striking K that is in keeping with Hague typographic tradition. It has been designed by Peter Bilak, who drew inspiration from museums ' collection of graphic works. Typotheque-What You Hear When You Read will provide a glimpse of his design process. It will include first sketches for Kunstmuseums new typographic logo, and a small cross-section of Work by Typotheque, studio that Bilak has run with Johanna Bilak and Nikola Djurek since 1999. Their clients include international companies like Facebook, Google, Mozilla, Vienna International Airport and Paris metro. Bilak has been fascinated by the personalities of typefaces ever since he studied at art academy in Bratislava. Like people, typefaces all have their own character, and give words and language a certain voice, he explain. They embody meanings that go further than simply the design of printed material. A typeface can express ideals and subtle emotions, whisper things between lines. Collaborating with dancer and choreographer Lukas Timulak, Bilak and his studio Typotheque also literally bring their designs to life in remarkable mix of dance, music, graphic design and technology. The exhibition will include film of two of their choreographies, plus footage never seen before featuring interdisciplinary dance performances for Royal Ballet in Stockholm and National Theatre in Brno. The idea for the new typographic logo for Kunstmuseum Den Haag came from the museums ' collection of graphic works. Bilak drew inspiration from Typography of 1920s and 30s, period when the museum was designed and built by architect HP Berlage. This was a period of great innovation in art and design, when designers, artists and architects shook off decorative forms of the nineteenth century. Typographers introduce simple sans-serif typefaces that reflect the new age. Experiments were an international trend, but several Dutch designers played a pioneering role. They include Piet Zwart, Gerard Kiljan and Paul Schuitema. Inspire by Russian constructivists, they set out to find new forms of expression in words and images. Their work-often referred to as New Typography-is well represented in museums ' collection. About Peter Bilak and Typotheque Peter Bilak and his studio Typotheque design typefaces and logos that are used all over the world. Besides commission work, studio also publishes its own work, which includes books and magazines as well as typefaces. Two well-know titles are Dot Dot Dot and Work that Work, English-language magazines on graphic design and visual culture.

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Peter Bilak

Peter Bilak is a multidisciplinary designer based in the Netherlands. He is the founder of Typotheque, which specializes in type design, typography and branding. Whether as small as postage stamps, or as large as major exhibitions or branding projects, his work is characterise by deep engagement with content and audience. He preferred to get involved in projects in their early, conceptual phases and many of his endeavours have challenged the status quo: he co-found Dot Dot Dot, seminal art and culture magazine, and also Work that Work, magazine of unexpected creativity that not only broadened the definition of design but also introduced new models of operations for independent periodicals. He co-found Fontstand, new way of discovering and licensing fonts, as well as TPTQ Arabic, company focus on development of modern and authentic Arabic typefaces. His longstanding collaboration with choreographer Lukas Timulak led to starting Make Move Think, foundation for interdisciplinary artistic collaboration. Peter writes and lectures worldwide about the possibilities of design.

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Its About Time

Peter Bilak Work in the field of editorial, graphic, and type design. In 1999 he started Typotheque Type foundry, in 2000, together with Stuart Bailey, he co-found art & design journal Dot Dot Dot, in 2012 he started Works that Work, magazine of unexpected creativity, in 2015, together with Andrej Kratky, he co-found fontstand. Com, font rental platform. He collaborates with choreographer Lukas Timulak on the creation of modern dance performances, and together they start Make-Move-think. Org, foundation for interdisciplinary artistic collaborations. Peter is teaching at Type & Media, postgraduate course at Royal Academy of Arts, Hague.

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